Sunday, February 3, 2013

"M" is for...

Here's a quick project I'd like to share with you...

First I made an "M" pattern on an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper.

I then traced it onto a scrap piece of wood and cut it out using my scroll saw.

I used a scrap piece of tin that I found out behind our wood shed.    It was similar to the weight of metal/tin flashing - thin enough to easily cut with metal shears.

I then traced my pattern onto the tin and cut it out with metal shears.    Make sure to wear gloves when doing this because the metal has very sharp edges.

I then secured the metal "M" to the top of my wood "M" by drilling holes through both the tin and the wood and then hammering rivots in place.

I used a metal file along the sides to remove the sharp metal edges.  I rounded the metal with the file to make the wood and tin look like one piece.

I applied a grey paint color to the sides of the wood to blend with the metal  and then polished the metal surface with fine steel wool using a circular motion.

It was a bit too shiny so I wet the steel wood (slightly) and applied a "dab" of black paint to the steel wool.  I repeated the polishing process.   The black helped tone down the metal and bits of color settled around the rivots.

Now I have one accessory to add to my shelving...

Thank you for stopping by...



  1. That is extremely cool!! Love the rivets you added! Nice job.

    Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

  2. Oh I love this! I'll take one that spells JUNK!

  3. I really like this. I collect initial/monogram decor and this is something a little different I haven't seen everywhere.

  4. What a great idea! I totally love it! Great job!

  5. Hi! I’m new follower of your blog and would like to invite you to join me at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop:

    I hope you can make it!


    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  6. That's so creative, Lesa! I love it!

  7. I just stumbled on your blog. I really like your stuff. As a woodworker myself, I am not easily impressed. I am impressed with your creativity and the quality of your work. I LOVE rivets and love metal with wood but haven't worked with metal. I've been wanting to try it. Where did you get the rivets? If at a big box store, what department and what *exactly* are they called.